Hillman Imp van
|1967 to 1970|
|Related||Hillman Imp Commer Imp Van|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||three-door estate|
|Engine||875 cc straight-4|
|Transmission||4-speed manual all-synchromesh|
|Wheelbase||82 in (2,083 mm)|
|Length||141 in (3,581 mm)|
|Width||60.25 in (1,530 mm)|
|Height||58 in (1,473 mm)|
|Curb weight||1,652 lb (749 kg)|
No further Huskies were made until a new model based on the Hillman Imp appeared in April 1967. This new Husky shared the Imp's rear-mounted 875 cc overhead camshaft engine, and had slightly better performance than the Imp. This was also the engine adopted by the Bond 875.
Like the earlier van version, the "Imp estate" was based on the two-door car, with the roof raised by 4 inches (100 mm) to provide a large carrying space above the engine bay, giving the car a square boxy look. The unusually flat roof was reinforced with stiffening ribs and supported on the inside of the vehicle with "synthetic foam noise-deadening material". When compared to the Commer badged panel van from which it derived, the Husky body also had extra stiffening at the rear window apertures.
Loading access was by a vertical top-hinged rear tailgate with the bottom of the opening level with the floor, making it easy to load without stooping down. Sliding windows gave ventilation and a view out from the rear bench seat. The top part of the back seat squab folded forward forming a useful horizontal loading platform with a ribbed rubber surface, and 50 cubic feet (1.4 m3) of capacity. To take the increased load, this was the first Hillman derivative to have radial-ply tyres. It also had uprated rear shock absorbers and rear springs were fitted along with a strengthened rear suspension. These gave the Husky more sporty handling that the standard Imp, and looked surprising when this tall vehicle went quickly round a corner with very little roll.
Once more Commer sold a commercial version of the same car, the van version which was launched in 1965 and had the engine in low-compression form
The last Husky was built in 1970, at which point Chrysler Europe, new owners of Rootes, engaged in a major rationalisation of their products.